of, belonging to, or characteristic of a hierarchy.
- Also hi·er·ar·chic .
- hi·er·ar·chi·cal·ly, adverb
- an·ti·hi·er·ar·chic, adjective
- an·ti·hi·er·ar·chi·cal, adjective
- an·ti·hi·er·ar·chi·cal·ly, adverb
- non·hi·er·ar·chic, adjective
- non·hi·er·ar·chi·cal, adjective
- non·hi·er·ar·chi·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use hierarchical in a sentence
Any one of these parts can be exploited in this hierarchical structure, leading to a ripple effect.To prevent cyberattacks, the government should limit the scope of a software bill of materials | Annie Siebert | August 26, 2021 | TechCrunch
Until the 1990s, many office spaces favored a transparently hierarchical way of working.
DNS is how you find things on the internet, but uses a centralized, hierarchical system.Yat thinks emoji ‘identities’ can be a thing, and it has $20M in sales to back it up | Amanda Silberling | July 30, 2021 | TechCrunch
Human brains understand this part-whole composition by creating what’s called a “parse tree”—a branching diagram demonstrating the hierarchical relationship between the whole, its parts and subparts.Geoffrey Hinton has a hunch about what’s next for AI | Siobhan Roberts | April 16, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
Certainly, there is potential here to outline the story of a woman wronged who then deliberately embraces the very traits that are deemed mad in a highly hierarchical, misogynist world.Her crazy driving is a key element of Cruella de Vil’s evil. Here’s why. | Genevieve Carpio | April 2, 2021 | Washington Post
One road leads to freedom, sharing, and equality; the other to endless spying, a hierarchical structure, and repression.How Four Upstarts Built and Crashed the Anti-Facebook | Jake Whitney | November 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This makes ISIS a challenge for traditionally hierarchical organizations to counter.
She said Mars Hill “engages in heavy-handed discipline through a hierarchical structure.”
According to the hierarchical model of galaxy formation, the first galaxies were built out of smaller collections of matter.
What was once a far more hierarchical, top-down, and force-fed relationship is much flatter and more voluntary.Four Principles for a Libertarian National Security State | Nick Gillespie | September 14, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
And you can imagine how noses were flattened against the windows to see all this hierarchical swelldom.The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
These half-caste gentlemen of leisure fall into a system of hierarchical gradations.The Theory of the Leisure Class | Thorstein Veblen
The principle of status runs through the entire hierarchical system, both visible and invisible.The Theory of the Leisure Class | Thorstein Veblen
But the following facts must not be overlooked:—First, the new conception of the Church was not yet a hierarchical one.History of Dogma, Volume 2 (of 7) | Adolph Harnack
Consequently we find nothing more than traces of the hierarchical conception of the Church in Tertullian.History of Dogma, Volume 2 (of 7) | Adolph Harnack